Energy Corps Program Brings Volunteers, Jobs To Northwest Arkansas

Posted: December 9, 2013 at 5 a.m.

A green jobs program that took advantage of federal stimulus money may be winding down but for at least half of those who participated, Energy Corps led them to full-time jobs with local organizations.

At A Glance

Energy Corps

The National Energy Corps program is an AmeriCorps initiative of the National Center for Appropriate Technology in cooperation with The Corporation for National and Community Service. Energy Corps was created to address unmet community energy needs by promoting sustainable energy consumption and education, fostering community sustainability and helping to mitigate the effects of global climate change. Energy Corps provides hands-on training and skills development to help design a green-collar work force capable of meeting the needs of the future.

Source: Energy Corps

At A Glance

The Value of National Service

When viewed in the aggregate, the economic value of service by youth and seniors is significant both for broader society and the taxpayer.

Across the 125,750 full-time equivalent national service members annually, the total social cost is $2 billion and the total social benefit is $7.9 billion. The benefit-cost ratio is 3:9 for every dollar invested in the network of national service programs currently operating and the social return is almost $4.

In the aggregate, total taxpayer spending on national service is $1.36 billion; the total benefit from this investment for taxpayers is $2.94 billion. The fiscal benefit-cost ratio is 2:2. For every dollar invested in national service by the taxpayer, more than $2 is returned in taxpayer savings.

Source: Aspen Institute, September 2013 Study

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